Fairytales With a Twist: A Grimm Legacy

Andi, Quinn, Fredrick, and Dylan weren’t expecting their worlds to be turned inside out – it just happened. One minute they’re here, and the next they aren’t. Where are they? The woods of Elorium, a strange place where anything can happen. Why are they here? Who WERE their grandparents? What happened to happily ever after?  Will they ever escape alive, or will they be doomed to remain in a not-so-pleasant fairytale – forever?

Facts: This book is fairly well written, the action flows along nicely, and the plot is original. It’s clean, interesting, and fun. I would recommend it for book lovers, teens, or anyone who likes fairytales with a twist, although the author does leave the ending pretty open to a sequel.

My Feelings: I’m giving this book four stars because it was very hard for me to get through the first few chapters. Each one tells a separate story, which ends abruptly with the main character’s disappearance from this world, yet they didn’t seem to flow very well in my opinion. Once I got past those first few chapters, I really did enjoy this book, although at times the stories did seem to overlap and blend, and I wasn’t sure which character was which at first. It is a very different spin on fairy tales than I expected, and once it gets started, the action moves right along. It’s a book I wouldn’t mind reading again, although I would skip the intro chapters the second time through.

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for the purposes of this review.

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Love Blooms at Highland Hall

Julia Foster is a missionary who is forced to return to England because of her father’s failing health.  To support the family, she finds a job as a governess to Sir William Ramsey’s two children as well as two teenage girls (William’s cousin’s children) at Highland Hall, a nearby estate.  But unexpectedly, love blossoms, and hearts are torn by difficult decisions.  Will Sir William lose Julia or his beloved estate?

I enjoyed this book, although I didn’t read it in one sitting.  It took several weeks for me to finish, since there wasn’t enough suspense to drive me to read it quicker.  But I suppose it is mostly a romance, so suspense doesn’t really play into the story very much, although at times there are some tense moments.  There are a few parts that seem unreal, but that’s probably because I don’t live in England in 1911.  Still, I enjoyed this book.

I don’t know that much about life in England in this time period, and I’ve never seen Downton Abbey, but as far as I can tell the author seems to have done her research, and fans of the show Downton Abbey would probably like this book.  There is just a little suspense, several different romances, and quite a few subplots going on, which makes for an interesting read.  While the ending is predictable, the plot is more unique.  It’s a good book if you like historical Christian romance with a British flair.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books for the purpose of this review.

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A Harvest of Gold

In this story, which continues where Harvest of Rubies left off, Sarah and Darius continue adjusting to married life while in the king’s service. Soon they find themselves heading to help Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. This is a story filled with secret plots, hidden messages, and Biblical fiction with a little romance thrown in for good measure.

Harvest of Gold continues the story of former scribe Sarah and her husband Darius.
Frankly, I thought Darius was a total jerk for most of this book, which irritated me. He continually has Sarah tell him that she loves him, but he tells her he will not say those words in return until he feels them. Yes, he has issues because of his past, but that’s no excuse for treating her like a possession. No wonder she keeps secrets from him!

I’m giving this book four stars because I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book in this series. I read Harvest of Rubies in one sitting, but Harvest of Gold took me several weeks because I couldn’t stand Darius. Granted, he is pretty stuck up in the first book, but it’s worse in this one. If you want to find out what happens to Sarah and Darius, it’s an okay read. And in the end Darius does come around, but he behaves like a spoiled child until the last section. Still, the book is well-written, with realistic details about the time period, and it is an interesting read. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous one, I won’t give up on this author yet.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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